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Eli M. Noam and The International Media Concentration Collaboration

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199987238

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987238.001.0001

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Media Ownership and Concentrationin Belgium

Media Ownership and Concentrationin Belgium

(p.35) 3 Media Ownership and Concentrationin Belgium
Who Owns the World's Media?

Peggy Valcke

Jo Groebel

Moritz Bittner

Oxford University Press

This chapter, first in the book’s section of country reports and the first of the sections on Europe, examines media ownership and concentration in Belgium. Following an overview of the Belgian media landscape, the remainder of the chapter focuses on print media (newspapers, book publishing, magazine publishing), audiovisual media (radio, broadcast television, multichannel TV platforms, video channels, film), telecommunications media (wireline and wireless telecom), and Internet media (Internet Service Providers, search engines, online news market). The limited number of media groups and high levels of cross-ownership are typical for Belgian media markets. Most media groups have developed a varied portfolio of media products in different markets or segments, but none of them are capable of dominating multiple market sectors at the same time. A severe division of the countries content media exists along the line of the two major language communities. Telecom is dominated by the incumbent Belgacom. In cable television, the major firm is Telenet.

Keywords:   Belgian media market, market sectors, media groups, print media, cross-ownership, telecommunications, Internet, Belgacom, Telenet

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